On the traces of Dresden's city history and old railroad lines
Route length: 55 km
Profile: difficult, very long ascents
Starting point: Dresden Old Town (Elbe Cycle Path, level of Carola Bridge)
Continuing on the route, you will soon spot one of the two old gas storage tanks on the right. The 130-year-old, smaller building houses the Panometer. There, the artist Yadegar Asisi has been exhibiting various panoramic paintings since 2006, which take the viewer back to important epochs in the city's history.
In the further course you reach Freital-Burgk via Kaitz. Here the route runs from the Marienschacht with the mining and regional museum on the former route of the Windbergbahn. Also known as the "Saxon Semmering Railway", Germany's first mountain railroad was considered a masterpiece of engineering in the early days of railroad construction. The line leads not far past Burgk Castle into the center of Freital. There you will find the Reichard House, the former home of the aeronaut couple Wilhelmine and Gottfried Reichard.
Along the old narrow-gauge railway line you will continue to Freital-Zauckerode, which has become famous for its coal mining. The former mining is remembered today by the winding tower near the Oppelschacht, which was moved from the former shaft point Dresden-Gittersee. Finally, the route leads to the town of Wilsdruff, which was first mentioned in a document in 1259. On a detour to the market, you can admire the world's first glass carillon at the Wilsdruff town hall. The ruby red bells made of Lauscha glass ring out four times a day and on special holidays. Passing the Jakobikirche, probably the oldest Romanesque hall church in eastern Saxony, you will reach Gompitz after several villages, from where you have a good view of Dresden and the Elbe valley.
You will now roll downhill through the prefabricated housing area of Gorbitz and on the east-west route back to the center of Dresden.
Note: You can purchase the brochure "Cycling & Discovering in the Dresden Adventure Region" with further information in the city halls of the adventure region.
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Basic Equipment for Bike Riding
- Cycling helmet
- Cycling gloves
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
Technical Equipment for Bike Riding
- Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
- Puncture repair kit
- Replacement inner tube
- Tire levers
- Chain tool
- Hex keys
- Phone / device holder as required
- Bike lock as required
- Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.